Bea Camacho, “Efface,” 2008. Exhibition view at Green Papaya Art Projects. Photo: MM Yu
Green Papaya Art Projects is an independent initiative that supports and organizes actions and propositions that explore tactical approaches to the production, dissemination, research, and presentation of contemporary art practice in varied artistic and scholarly fields. It endeavors to provide a platform for intellectual exchange, sharing of information, critical dialogue, and creative and practical collaboration among the arts community. Founded in 2000, Green Papaya is the longest-running independently run, creative, multidisciplinary platform in the Philippines.
The initiative’s immediate community is composed mainly of artists working outside the mainstream arts and culture infrastructure in Manila. Filipino artists seeking to present their work according to their own agenda have always sought to explore parallel independent centers and initiatives responsive to their practice. The emergence of artist-run spaces has become an important factor in keeping an alternative art economy dynamic and relevant. Thriving alternative spaces have sustained, thus far, a creative and critical environment for experimentation, research, and representation despite, or perhaps because of the dismal government, corporate, and private support for contemporary arts. More importantly, these alternative spaces have set a precedent from which artists can mobilize and organize themselves and take active roles in cultural production.